Nature journals: Drawing outdoors

Published by Lori Pickert on April 20, 2008 at 02:18 AM


park bench, by Jack, age 8



Nice things to have when you draw outdoors:

• A big binder clip to keep your sketchbook pages from flapping in the breeze.

• A hand lens for looking at flowers, insects, and textures up close.

• Hat with a brim to keep the sun out of your eyes and off your neck.

• There is so much to look at, sometimes it’s hard to choose what to draw. A small frame or viewfinder can help a child focus on a smaller area that is easier to draw.*

• Take a photograph of what you were drawing.


Comment by Snippety Gibbet on April 20, 2008 at 10:34 AM

Hi, I'm an elementary art teacher in Northern Virginia, and I just discovered your blog. I'm excited to check through all your archives and links. This looks like a great site. jan

Comment by Lori Pickert on April 20, 2008 at 02:05 PM

hi jan - thank you! i hope you find some useful things here. let me know if you have questions!

Comment by Susana on April 21, 2008 at 01:20 PM

yet, sometimes it is great to forget our camera...your post reminded me of this line from a John Mayer song:

'didn't have a camera by my side this time, hoping I could see the world with both my eyes'

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